Current Musicology

Current Musicology is officially on hiatus as of Summer '23

Focus and Scope

Current Musicology is a leading journal for scholarly research on music. We publish articles and book reviews in the fields of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and philosophy of music. The journal was founded in 1965 by graduate students at Columbia University as a semiannual review.

Open Access Policy

Current Musicology is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Since 2018, authors retain their copyright and agree to license their articles with a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. You can read more about Creative Commons licenses at

Current Musicology is a no-fee journal. Authors are not charged for the publication of their articles.

Review Process

All research articles and book reviews in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review. Submissions are screened by the editor, who will then match the submission to anonymous referees (double blind) whose scholarship is similar to the theme of the article. If accepted, submissions often lead to multiple rounds of revisions. All potential authors should read our submission guidelines before uploading their manuscript through our submission platform. Please note that, due to a high volume of submissions, we are only able to accept one manuscript submission per author per edition. Please contact the journal's editors if you wish to submit more than one manuscript for a single edition. 

Archiving Policy

Current Musicology is distributed through Columbia University’s Academic Commons. Academic Commons is Columbia University’s institutional repository, offering long-term public access to research shared by the Columbia community. A program of the Columbia University Libraries, Academic Commons provides secure, replicated storage for files in multiple formats. Academic Commons assigns a DOI and accurate metadata to each work to enhance discoverability.

Files uploaded to Academic Commons are written to an Isilon storage cluster at Columbia University and replicated to an identical system at a secure, offsite facility. The local cluster stores the data in a "best protection possible" policy which provides, at a minimum, guaranteed protection against the loss of any two disks or any one node. When sufficient capacity is available, this is increased automatically. Multiple snapshots are replicated to our disaster recovery site every two hours. The secondary cluster employs the same protections as the primary cluster and both conduct integrity scans to validate that data has not been altered at any point during rebalancing, snapshot, or replication processes.